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New Delhi: Several protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act were scheduled to have taken place on Thursday in several cities but late on Wednesday night, the police authorities put an embargo on large gatherings in Delhi, Lucknow and Bengaluru. Still, protest marches will be taken out Mumbai, Chennai. Pune, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Bhopal

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court will hear a PIL seeking setting up of a fact-finding committee to look into the violence at Jamia Millia Islamia University, following protests over the amended Citizenship Act. The petition was mentioned before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Rekha Palli by advocate Mr Rizwan on Wednesday.

The petition by Rizwan alleges that Delhi Police “resorted to use of arbitrary, excessive, discriminatory and illegal force against students, more particularly female students, of Jamia Millia Islamia University, on the false pretext of restoring law and order”.

It further alleges that students and teachers were protesting in a peaceful manner against the amended Citizenship Act but the police disrupted it and used “unjustified, excessive, arbitrary and brute force” against them. The plea was moved in the Delhi High Court after the Supreme Court on Tuesday had said that such petitions relating to violence be moved in high courts concerned.

Apart from seeking the appointment of a fact-finding committee, comprising former judges of the Supreme Court and the high court, the PIL also wants no FIRs be lodged against students and no coercive steps are taken in complaints already registered, in connection with the violence, till the panel gives its report.

Several public buses and two police vehicles were torched in the clashes between students and police at New Friends Colony near Jamia University during a demonstration against the amended Citizenship Act.

(With PTI Inputs)